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Do any antibiotics make you feel dizzy like you are walking on a boat?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Even on dry land

Most medicines list dizziness as a potential side-effect but some antibiotics such as Minocycline have a greater possibility of causing dizziness.
Higher concentrations of the drug affect the balancing system of the inner ear which cause the abnormal sensation.

In brief: Even on dry land

Most medicines list dizziness as a potential side-effect but some antibiotics such as Minocycline have a greater possibility of causing dizziness.
Higher concentrations of the drug affect the balancing system of the inner ear which cause the abnormal sensation.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The classic example is minocycline, which can cause vertigo in about 8 -10% of patients taking it.
It is related in part to the serum levels which penetrate into the vestibular apparatus. Taking lower doses four times a day rather than a high dose twice a day seems to minimize this. Long term treatment or high doses of aminoglycosides can produce permanent damage. There are others.

In brief: Yes

The classic example is minocycline, which can cause vertigo in about 8 -10% of patients taking it.
It is related in part to the serum levels which penetrate into the vestibular apparatus. Taking lower doses four times a day rather than a high dose twice a day seems to minimize this. Long term treatment or high doses of aminoglycosides can produce permanent damage. There are others.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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